Tips to save money, energy during cold weather

The cold weather has arrived in Central Florida and Lakeland Electric wants to make sure you stay warm and save money and energy during the winter season.

Tips to save money and energy

  • A fireplace is not always an efficient heat source. If not used properly it can actually make the rest of the house cooler because airflow up the chimney can remove the heated air.
  • Place portable space heaters on a hard, level, nonflammable surface. Do not put space heaters on rugs or carpets, near bedding or drapes, and keep children and pets away. Look for a model that shuts off automatically if the space heater tips over. Do not use heating equipment to dry wet clothing.
  • Be aware of the fire danger from space heaters and candles, keep such devices away from all flammable materials such as curtains and furniture, and install recommended smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • An electric blanket is more economical than heating the entire house all night long.
  • Use a portable electric heater to heat only a small area. Purchase models that are thermostatically controlled. Keep it at least 3 feet from items that could catch fire such as curtains or furniture.
  • Make sure you have working smoke detectors on every floor and in every sleeping room of your house. Stay indoors and use safe heating sources.
  • Make sure vents and return air registers are not blocked by furniture, draperies, doors or other obstacles.
  • Don’t use your oven to heat your home — it’s not efficient and most importantly, it’s dangerous.
  • Do not use charcoal or other fuel-burning devices, such as grills that produce carbon monoxide.

Prepare your home for the entire winter season
Temperature settings

  • Heating a house makes up about half of your electricity bill so set your thermostat to 68 degrees or lower in the winter.
  • Making sure your thermostat is set to a temperature that suits your comfort and your wallet. Dropping the temperature by 10 -15 degrees when you’re out of the house (for eight hours) can save 5 – 15% on your heating costs, according to the US EPA. This can be easily and automatically facilitated by a programmable thermostat.

Heating and cooling equipment

  • The system heating your home is extremely important. If it's an older, less-efficient unit, upgrading to a high efficiency air-source heat pump might be a wise choice.
  • Routine maintenance — A well-maintained heating system runs more efficiently. A complete tune-up of the home heating system can cost anywhere from $50 to $100 or more, but this is a worthwhile investment and can reduce your heating bill from 3 to 10 percent. Some companies offer regular service contracts, which are convenient if you tend to forget system maintenance. Remember to replace the filter every month.
  • Ductwork — Duct leakage can account for 20 percent of the heating and cooling cost. Getting ducts sealed should be at the top of the list for making your home energy efficient.
  • Infographic about Heating


  • Adding insulation to your attic is one of the most cost-effective energy saving measures.
  • Weather-stripping and caulking: weather-strip door jambs and caulk any cracks around windows to prevent cool air from entering your home.
Window units

If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove it for the winter months to prevent heat from escaping through and around the unit. If it can't be moved, put a cover over it to prevent drafts.

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FREEZE – is when the surface temperature is below freezing  (32ºF) over a large area for a significant period of time.  A freeze is a term used for the condition when vegetation is injured by these low air temperatures, regardless if Frosted is deposited.

FREEZE WARNING - is issued by the National Weather Service to make agricultural interests and the public aware of anticipated freeze conditions over a large area.

HARD FREEZE WARNING - is issued by the National Weather Service to make agricultural interests and the public aware of anticipated freeze conditions that are of four hour duration or greater, below 28ºF, and over a large area.

FROST – Is a cover of ice crystals produced by deposition of atmospheric water directly on a surface at or below freezing.